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Anger over abuse sentences
Michael Murphy
Murphy physically abused his victims
Two-year prison sentences handed out to a former monk and another man for abusing children in their care have been condemned by their victims.

Michael Murphy, 69, was known as Brother Benedict and was former housemaster at St Ninian's School, in Stirlingshire.

Murphy, whose address was given as Hill Brow, near Liss, in Hampshire, had been found guilty of 10 offences of physical abuse, including giving electric shocks.

James McKinstrey, 70, of Burnbank, Port of Mentieth, Stirling, who was a former night watchman, was convicted of four counts of sex abuse.

The methods which you employed to control those boys included extreme physical violence, forcing children to eat regurgitated food,
Lord Carloway
Addressing Murphy
At the High Court in Edinburgh, the two men appeared for sentence and were told they would both serve two years in prison.

Former woodwork teacher Charles McKenna, 83, of Colquhoun Street, Stirling, was found guilty of two charges of indecent assault and one charge of indecency and will appear at the High Court in Forfar for sentencing on Tuesday.

The jail terms were greeted with derision by former pupils who attended the List D school for young boys with behavioural problems in the 1960s and 1970s.

One man said: "I am shocked at the sentences. Two years is diabolical."

A 52-year-old man said Murphy made pupils hold metal rods wired up to a generator.

He said: "I was electrocuted in the boot room. Brother Benedict saw that as some sort of kick.

James McKinstrey
McKinstrey's victims were sexually abused
"Your punishment was to stand there while he turned these sort of dials. You were shaking. You could not let go."

During the trial, the court heard how 10-to-12-year-old pupils at the school were whipped, forced to eat their own vomit and were sexually abused in dormitories and the school's woodwork room.

A boy's arm was broken when Murphy lost his temper with him.

St Ninian's was run by monks from the de la Salle order, and closed in 1982. The order now faces claims for damages.

Lord Carloway, who heard pleas for leniency on behalf of the two men, said a jury found there was a breach of trust and prison sentences were inevitable.

Addressing Murphy, the judge added: "The methods which you employed to control those boys included extreme physical violence, forcing children to eat regurgitated food, striking with shoe laces and, perhaps most bizarrely of all, electrocution with some form of home-made generating device."

BBC Scotland's Nigel Robson
"Former pupils said the sentence should have been longer"

Ex-monk found guilty of abuse
20 Jun 03  |  Scotland
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02 Jun 03  |  Scotland

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